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Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

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“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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Mike Bartlett: Doctor Foster writer whose work 'attacks apathy'

The TV show took the playwright’s talents to a wider audience, highlighting his ability to create brilliantly complex women

Nobody, observes one of his friends, gets out of a Mike Bartlett work “unscathed”, though this does not quite cover the extreme emotional fallout experienced by just about everyone in Doctor Foster. About 7.2 million viewers watched the final episode of the second series on Tuesday night to see a warring ex-couple, two near suicides, a blatant disregard for the Hippocratic oath, and a traumatised teenage son. The BBC1 show has become a bit of a phenomenon, as its creator might have hoped. Long before the first series aired in 2015, he said: “I love popular stuff, those moments when there’s a big drama or a TV show everyone is talking about, because it feels like we have got a community.”

Bartlett has spent most of his career writing for the stage.
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Doctor Foster series 2 episode 5 review

Louisa Mellor Oct 3, 2017

Spoilers ahead in our review of the Doctor Foster series 2 finale, which boasts excellent performances...

This review contains spoilers.

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Run, Tom! Go! Get as far away from Parminster and from those two as you can. We’ll help in fact – Doctor Foster’s millions of viewers will form a network of safe harbours. You’ll find bundles of cereal bars, five pound notes and Jason Bourne-style fake IDs stashed behind loose bricks and taped to the underside of toilet cistern lids around the UK. Think of it as an underground railroad for mistreated TV characters. Perhaps you’ll find your way to new, more sympathetic parents – there’s a nice couple over on Game Of Thrones. The Lannisters. Look them up.

Only if the series two finale was a holodeck program designed specifically to traumatise poor
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Doctor Foster series 2 episode 4 review

Louisa Mellor Sep 27, 2017

Jodie Comer shines in the penultimate Doctor Foster series two episode. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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“First, do no harm.” I’m no doctor, clearly, but I’m nonetheless confident that the bioethical principle of non-maleficence extends to not running people over in your Honda Crv.

Simon Foster however, is not people. He’s six foot of smugness in a skinny tie, a cock-led, self-satisfied bullshit artist who’d do well not to keep marrying women who are cleverer than him. I don’t mean Gemma—that one has blind spots the size of whole continents—I mean Kate. Episode four was Kate’s episode and Jodie Comer ruled it like the empress she is.

It was prescient of Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett to take the precaution of
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Doctor Foster recap: series two, episode two – everyone's miserable. Isn't it splendid?

Gemma’s world is shattered anew, while Tom is a mess and Simon is furious. Parminster is one ludicrously juicy town, and we’re loving the fireworks

I could swear the shape of Bertie Carvel’s face is actually changing as his character becomes ever more evil. Here, leering at Gemma and then Neil, he is basically made of triangles as his rat-faced gloating hits shrill new heights.

For those of you happy to hitch up your skirts and chase after this melodrama charabanc of doom, keep up, because tonight’s episode barely pauses at the lights. Gemma’s spying, Simon’s sneering, the shape-shifting Sian. Parminster is one messed up, mixed up town (and end destination for Warwick uni graduates).

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Doctor Foster series 2 episode 2 review

Louisa Mellor Sep 12, 2017

Hostilities escalate between the Fosters and son Tom bears the brunt in the latest Doctor Foster series two episode…

This review contains spoilers.

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In twenty-four hours, Gemma Foster uncovered a mole, forged an alliance over monkfish, stalked her son, wine-cried in front of his best mate, spied on her ex’s new wife, had it large, shagged a teacher and ate a croissant.

Blimey. I’m lucky if I get two loads of washing in on my day off.

Gemma is a busy woman. She needs to be. She has a war to wage and a reason to wage it – son Tom, the Helen of Troy in this whole mess (if, you know, Paris was Helen’s dad and had lured her away from Menelaus with a massive house and a PlayStation after
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Doctor Foster series 2 episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Sep 5, 2017

Doctor Foster series 2 is back in fierce, fine form with an episode rich in psychological warfare…

This review contains spoilers.

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During the first series of Doctor Foster, it was possible, if only for the briefest of half-seconds, to feel sorry for Simon Foster. Yes, he was a lying, cheating rodent who’d spent two years humiliating a woman he professed to love and making a mockery of the life she’d built with him in good faith, but there was something… hapless about him. Bertie Carvel’s lopsided grin ensured it. Simon’s business was a shambles—as his accountant said, he could barely add up—and pitted against clever, ferocious, injured Gemma, he seemed woefully out of his depth. He was certainly no master-villain.

The last two years in London have changed him; Simon’s back and honestly,
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Tuesday’s best TV: Doctor Foster, The Great British Bake Off

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Yet more angst for Suranne Jones’s beleaguered Gp, as her erstwhile hubby arrives back on the scene. Meanwhile, in the tent, sandwich biscuit week inspires similar levels of torment

The hit suburban psychodrama returns. Last time we saw mercurial medic Gemma (Suranne Jones) she had sent her adulterous, embezzling husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) packing after an explosive dinner party. Now, two years later, Simon is unapologetically back in town with his new family in tow. How best to deal? Listening to Pj Harvey and flagrantly disregarding NHS guidelines for weekly alcohol consumption seems to be the answer. Graeme Virtue

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Doctor Foster series 2: air date confirmed; first trailer

Kirsten Howard Aug 23, 2017

The BBC's gigantic hit Doctor Foster will return to BBC One on Tuesday the 5th of September at 9pm. Watch the first trailer here...

Doctor Foster was a massive and rather unexpected hit for the BBC, racking up 8.2 million viewers weekly and hitting 10.1 million in its series finale. Since the relentlessly popular sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys only gets around 3 million viewers a week, you can imagine how fast plans were put in place for a second run of the disturbing vengeance drama.

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It's been two years since Doctor Foster first aired, and that's where we'll be joining Gemma when the show returns on Tuesday the 5th of September at 9pm on BBC ONe. Suranne Jones will be back to play the scorned Gp, and we now
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Doctor Foster series 1 recap

Louisa Mellor Sep 5, 2017

Suranne Jones returns tonight in Doctor Foster series 2. Here’s a reminder of all the key events from series 1…

Warning: contains spoilers.

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Whichever way you slice it, Doctor Foster’s first series was a hit. Viewer numbers crept to over ten million during its five-episode run. Critics raved about the domestic noir, with especial praise for a captivating central performance by Suranne Jones as a woman who discovers her husband has been having an affair. The Mike Bartlett drama received Bafta nominations for Best Miniseries and Best Leading Actress. Jones won. A second series was ordered, and is due to arrive very soon.

The first series is currently available to watch on Netflix UK for anyone who wants a refresher, but for fans without five hours to spare, we’ve boiled down the key events
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Den Of Geek’s Christmas 2016 UK TV and radio picks

Louisa Mellor Dec 12, 2016

We’ve taken a pen to the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules and circled the shows we’re looking forward to. Add yours below!

Amid the cosy repeats, big movies and inescapable cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV this month are a few original gems. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s Inside No. 9 festive special The Devil Of Christmas (Tuesday the 27th of December, 10pm, BBC Two) is top of our must-watch list. Hot on its heels is Yonderland’s family friendly Yonder Yuletide (Saturday the 24th of December, 6.30pm, Sky One). Another for families on Sky is the Christmas Day Jasper Fforde adaptation The Last Dragonslayer, while Channel 4 has the non-festive-but-essential-for-fans-of smart-sci-fi Humans series two finale (Sunday the 18th of December, 9pm).

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Not to forget, of course, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, a brand-new series of Sherlock,
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Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned: Lifetime Debuts Season One of UK Series

[caption id="attachment_45756" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Susie Parks (Sara Stewart), Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones), Kate Parks (Jodie Comer), Chris Parks (Neil Stuke), Simon Foster (Bertie Carvel) and Andrew Parks (Charlie Cunniffe). Photo by Des Willie. Copyright 2016./caption]

Below, watch a trailer for Lifetime's Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned TV series. The show premieres Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. In UK, the series airs as Doctor Foster. Last fall, BBC One renewed Doctor Foster for a second series (season).

Suranne Jones stars as Gp Gemma Foster. She suspects her husband, Simon (Bertie Carvel) is unfaithful. The cast also includes: Clare-Hope Ashitey, Cheryl Campbell, Jodie Comer, Navin Chowdhry, Victoria Hamilton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Adam James, Thusitha Jayasundera, Sara Stewart, Neil Stuke, Tom Taylor, and Robert Pugh.Read More…
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Doctor Foster: Season Two Renewal for BBC One Series

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BBC One announces the renewal of its new, hit series, Doctor Foster. The first series (Us: season) finale was the second highest rated BBC drama episode of 2015, with an audience of 10.1 million viewers. Doctor Foster focus on Gp Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones), who suspects her husband, Simon (Bertie Carvel) of having an affair.

The cast also includes: Clare-Hope Ashitey as Carly; Cheryl Campbell as Helen Foster; Jodie Comer as Kate Parks; Navin Chowdhry as Anwar; Victoria Hamilton as Anna; Martha Howe-Douglas as Becky; Adam James as Neil; Thusitha Jayasundera as Ros Ghadami; Sara Stewart as Susie Parks; Neil Stuke as Chris Parks; Tom Taylor as Tom Foster; and Robert Pugh as Jack Reynolds. Continue on for more about the renewal. Read More…
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Doctor Foster will return to BBC One for a second series

In perhaps the least surprising TV news of the year so far, the hugely popular Doctor Foster will be returning to BBC One.

Suranne Jones's revenge thriller was the highest-rated new TV drama of the year so far, attracting a consolidate average of 8.2m viewers.

Series creator Mike Bartlett said: "I've been astounded by the response to Doctor Foster, so I'm thrilled that alongside Drama Republic and the phenomenal Suranne Jones, we're now going to tell the next chapter in Gemma's story

"Her life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No-one comes through hell unscathed."

Jones, who won much acclaim for her performance as scorned woman Gemma Foster, added: "I can't wait for the audience who invested in these characters to find out the explosive twists and turns Mike has in store. Now
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Doctor Foster could return for a second series, says Bertie Carvel

BBC One's Doctor Foster gripped the nation with its tale of a scorned wife wreaking retribution on her cheating husband.

But some viewers were left disappointed that Bertie Carvel's adulterous Simon didn't get more of a comeuppance, instead escaping to start a new life with his pregnant mistress Kate (Jodie Comer).

"I don't know what kind of comeuppance people are wishing for - whether there's blood and death and castration involved," Carvel told Digital Spy when we asked him about his character's fate.

Perhaps a darker fate still awaits Simon, with Carvel suggesting that Doctor Foster - which starred Suranne Jones in the title role - "could be continued" with a second series.

"I'm sure those conversations will be had at the Beeb, given the numbers," he said. "Whether or not [a second series] will come to pass, I don't know.

"As for comeuppance... it's like life. I don't wish unhappiness on anyone,
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BBC One's gripping Doctor Foster ends tonight: Will Gemma get revenge?

Doctor Foster has had audiences of over 7m hooked for the past month - and tonight, BBC One's gripping new drama starring Suranne Jones draws to a close.

Mike Bartlett, the award-winning playwright who scripted the series, has promised a definitive ending that will satisfy viewers obsessed with Gemma Foster's journey.

"I don't like these shows which have endings that are all sort of vague, so I can promise everyone it has a proper ending," he told the Mail on Sunday.

"It's all going to come out. It's full-on and there is no messing around."

'It' being the activities of Gemma's cheating husband Simon (Bertie Carvel), who has a pregnant mistress (Jodie Comer) and is involved with dodgy business deals.

Fans are desperate for scorned Gemma to unleash her fury on smarmy Simon, expressing their (strong!) feelings about the show and its upcoming finale on social media.

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8 TV shows you must watch this week: Great British Bake Off final, New Tricks ends and Empire returns

From the soggy bottom-filled finale of The Great British Bake Off to the end of New Tricks after its 1,435th series, hunker down for Digital Spy's top TV picks over the next seven days.

1. New Tricks - Tuesday, 9pm on BBC One

After 12 years and over 100 cold cases, the old detective dogs will finally retire after a hugely successful run. With the high likelihood that we may see a cameo or two from the original lineup of James Bolam, Alun Armstong, Dennis Waterman and Amanda Redman, it's bound to an emotional night for crime-lovers everywhere.

Don't despair too much if you're concerned about your laid-back cop drama fix, as ITV's Lewis returns for a ninth series the very same night. Crime never sleeps.

2. Empire - Tuesday, 9pm on E4

It's utterly ludicrous on Dallas levels, but it's so damn addictive. The hip-hopera was one of the most-watched shows during its first season,
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A twisted tale of infidelity: have you been watching Doctor Foster?

Suranne Jones is at her brilliant best in this gripping story of an unravelling marriage. Are you hooked – or have you been put off by the stagey script and preposterous plot?

The combination of a turbulent Suranne Jones and a brilliantly weaselly Bertie Carvel has made Doctor Foster (BBC1) essential viewing for the past three weeks.

She is the tragic heroine/hard-working doctor, trying to have it all, married to his perfect coward. He is a good-looking property developer, impressive on the surface, but there is nothing behind that shiny veneer that is not made of quivering jelly. In this excruciating yet gripping tale of infidelity and its consequences (or not), the two take part in a kind of ghastly dance, neither willing to stop the music and discuss what is really going on until it’s too late.

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Doctor Foster review – gripping portrait of a marriage slowly being poisoned

Suranne Jones stars as a Gp who comes to suspect that her husband, played by Bertie Carvel, is having an affair. But is he?

Marital sex! Good marital sex! A nearly teenage son who says “Good morning, Mum” when she arrives downstairs for breakfast and has school-trip forms signed in time and in his bag! A lovely house and two lovely cars! All is apparently well in the house of Gp Gemma and her husband Simon, played by Suranne Jones (who has been away from our screens too long) and Bertie Carvel (who is, subtly, everything) which is why you believe in the good marital sex, as well as in everything to come, as Mike Bartlett’s new five-part drama Doctor Foster (BBC1) opened last night.

But then Gemma finds a hair – a longer, blonder hair than her own – on Simon’s scarf. And a strawberry lip balm in his trouser pocket.
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Suranne Jones: BBC One's new drama Doctor Foster took me to extremes

Suranne Jones plays a woman on the edge in BBC One's new drama Doctor Foster - and admits she found the shoot "exhausting".

Jones plays Gemma Foster - a small-town Gp who goes to extreme lengths when she suspects her husband (Bertie Carvel) of having an affair.

"Mike Bartlett has written a brilliant script about a woman who goes through extreme pressures," Jones told press including Digital Spy.

"She begins questioning herself - and then her personality changes due to the circumstances that she's in. She resorts to quite inappropriate measures at times. It's like I could be playing four different characters."

Jones admitted that "the more extreme [her character] got, the more exhausted" she found herself becoming on set.

"That was really hard," she admitted. "But I think - well, according to the execs - that actually worked really well. I think they were basically saying I looked really tired
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